Phoenix police shoot man with knives near Maricopa Medical Center

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Phoenix police shot a man near Maricopa Medical Center after he threatened hospital staff and officers with knives,

A man was sent back into a hospital where he threatened staff with knives after being shot by Phoenix police on Thursday morning, according to Phoenix police Sgt. Alan Pfohl. 

The man, who is in his late 20s, walked into the Maricopa Medical Center on 24th and Roosevelt streets just before 5 a.m., waving knives at staff and threatening them, Pfohl said.

Officials said hospital security called 911 and the man left the hospital and walked across the street to an apartment complex on 25th Place and Roosevelt.

When police got to the scene, they saw the man attempting to get into an apartment, Pfohl said.

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The apartment complex near 26th and Roosevelt streets where a man was shot by Phoenix police on Aug. 17, 2017. Police said the man was armed with knives and wouldn't obey commands, even after they used "less lethal" means on him. (Photo: Robert Gundran/The Republic)

Police said they were unsure if he knew anyone at the complex.

Stun bags were used to try to get the man to drop the knives he was carrying, according to Pfohl. 

But he instead approached officers, threatening them with the knives, Pfohl said.

As he was approaching police, one officer shot the man.

He was taken back into Maricopa Medical Center for treatment, and his condition was not immediately available.

It was the 29th time police shot someone in Maricopa County this year. 


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